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Press / A&DS & RIAS Student Awards for Architecture 2018 results

A&DS & RIAS Student Awards for Architecture 2018 results 04 Jul 2018

A project outlining ideas for a new public library in Leith and an approach to providing fresh water in Havana, Cuba, win the top prizes at the annual Scottish Student Awards 2018

Imke Hullmann, University of Dundee picks up the A&DS Best Third Year Award with James Ness, ESALA, receiving the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th Year Student. 

The Judges said that James Ness’ Project tackles “a real-world problem in a compelling fashion that could apply globally,” and Imke Hullman’s project for a public library in Leith was praised for the “a generous civic proposal [where a] clarity of form, urban context was well thought through and the sections worked well together.”

High Quality Projects

Their projects were just some of the high-quality student projects that received awards and commendations the annual Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Scottish Student Awards for Architecture. Fourteen student projects were presented at a special event held at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, on Tuesday 3 July.

The winners were announced following Chiff-Chaff – a quick fire presentation style where the students shared their projects, process and inspiration with other students, the jury and members of the public.

The event was followed by the annual Andy MacMillan memorial lecture, this year given by Sarah Castle, Director and Co-Founder of IF_DO Architecture.

Recognising Talent

The awards – now in their 16th year – recognise the talent of student architects and are awarded in a number of categories. Projects submitted included proposals ranging from an elevated train loop connecting all of Scotland’s cities, through to housing for an ageing population to an organic re-shaping of obsolete concrete carparking spaces in Glasgow.

An exhibition featuring the winning and shortlisted projects will start at The Lighthouse, Glasgow, on Thursday 5 July until the end of September.

The student awards exhibition offers a rare opportunity for the public and profession to see the best work of students from all of Scotland’s Schools of Architecture together in one space.

Creativity and Passion

Speaking about the Awards, A&DS Chief Executive, Jim MacDonald, said “We are always delighted to shine a light on Scotland’s emerging design talent, and The Student Awards – promoted jointly with the RIAS – is an excellent opportunity to showcase the creativity, passion and commitment of the students from our schools of architecture. In particular, I enjoy the way the awards allow us to hear directly from the students who yet again presented their thinking and ideas confidently and clearly, so I’m delighted to offer my congratulations to the winners and my thanks to everyone who took part.”

Stewart Henderson, RIAS President, commented, “Our annual student awards mark the extraordinarily high quality of architectural education in Scotland. Students from throughout the world come here because of the excellent training that is on offer. Scotland’s five schools of architecture are major contributors to the evolution of architecture across the planet. We are especially pleased that this will be the first year the RIAS will be electing student representatives onto our governing Council, providing a voice for our student membership.”

See the full list of entries on Architecture & Design Scotland's website here.

Details on the exhibition featuring the shortlisted and winning projects can be found here.

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